Canadian Stamp Auctions
Recent Auction Highlights
16 July , 2014 - Eastern Auctions Limited
We review stamp auctions on a regular basis and are used to the patterns these sales reflect. There’s lots of money available for the top premium early stamps and not so much for the rest. But, we’ve noticed two recent developments. First, a renewed interest in early used nicely cancelled stamps. Second, a similar interest in stamps with perfins. Some examples of these are found in this sale and are shown below.
Early Cancelled Stamps
Clearly the bidders preferred a nicely dated stamp over one with a two-ring numeral cancel, even though the latter had superior centering. The beautiful date stamp on the first lot is truly to be admired.
This stamp is quite unusual. First it is in the later rose carmine shade. Second, as is obvious, it has a double row of perforations.It must have been hard to estimate its value. A regular Scott 41 mint has a catalogue value of $70, and a Scott 41a, of $525. How is one to come up with an estimate for an off-centre copy with double perfs. We think Eastern did a pretty good job.
Admiral – Thin Paper Variety
Here is a very fine NH copy of the 5¢ Admiral variety on thin paper which seldom appears at auction. We have only recorded the sale of one other VF NH copy in the past 5 years and it sold for $240. The lucky bidder in this sale did very well.
Five years ago, the Unitrade Catalogue showed a price of $150 for this “brownish ochre shade” variety. Today, as indicated above, it is only $160. This is surprising to us as this is a popular stamp with bidders. A careful look at the centering of the above copy shows it to be slightly shifted to the right. How rare is it? Clearly it is rare as the last copy we have recorded was back in 1999.
Canadian Folklore – Imperforate Block
There is nothing rare about this block which appears regularly at auction. Although the above price realized was well below catalogue, it is generally consistent with other prices for this block in recent years. Unitrade notes that there are only 50 blocks like this.
What wonderful prices for these perfins!
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Eastern's next sale will be a mail sale to be held on August 27, 2014.